How Can I Help My Child With Common Core Math?
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- Get to know the math curriculum your child’s school is using. Look for parent resources online. Ask the principal of your child’s school to set up parent workshops so you can learn more about the curriculum. Embrace the change and do what you can to understand this way of teaching.
- Try not to teach your child “your” way to solve a problem when his teacher is emphasizing a different way. This will only confuse him even more!
- Since many parents themselves struggle with this new style of math, use it as an opportunity to teach your child to advocate for herself. If she is struggling with a concept, encourage her to ask her teacher for clarification rather than reeling in frustration. She can learn how to solve the problem the “Common Core” way and then even become your teacher, teaching you this new way of coming up with an answer.
- Let your child know that this approach is confusing for you too and that it’s okay! In life we all struggle with different problems and we can find a way to figure out how to get through them. Share the success of moving from an utterly confused to an utterly satisfied state by finally understanding this new way of approaching a problem.
- Many parents feel strong disdain towards Common Core-style math. They feel that “their” way (the old way) is is simpler, clearer, and downright better. Don’t share these thoughts with your child. The “new” math is the “new” reality. You can share your views privately with your child’s teacher or principal but avoid sharing them with your child, or you will likely create deeper frustration.
Follow these tips and strategies and help your child excel with Common Core math.